HAPPY 2014 !!!!!!!!

HOT EVENTS:   Fun in the Sun with UNCORKED! The Key Largo Food & Wine Festival, Jan 9 – 18;   the 16th Annual Coral Gables Bluesfest,  Jan  16-26 at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus; Jan 24 – 26, Fairchild’s 8th Annual  Chocolate Festival…  more in Calendar / Hot Events…

THIS WEEK ON FOOD & WINE TALK:   Chef Ivan Orkin, author of Ivan Ramen: Love, Obsession, and Recipes from Tokyo’s Most Unlikely Noodle Joint; Chef Susan Feniger, Chef, star of Too Hot Tamales on her new restaurant Mud Hen Tavern in Hollywood, CA; Deborah Madison, author of Vegetable Literacy

WHAT’S NEW

Stephen Starr ((Makoto, Steak 954) opens Verde at the new Perez Art Museum Miami…
Batch Gastropub opens off Brickell, Downtown Miami…
Chef Tony Mantuano (Chicago’s Spiaggia) opens Lorenzo, South Beach…
Michael Mina launches Michael Mina 74 in The Fontainebleau, Miami Beach …
Epicure Gourmet Market opens in Coral Gables…
Diego Oka is Executive Chef of La Mar by Gaston Acurio at Mandarin Oriental, Miami…
Lure Fishbar opens  at The Loews Miami Beach Hotel…

BUZZ

Macchialina Taverna Rustica and Pubbelly Restaurant Group split up…
Prime Italian now open for Saturday and Sunday Brunch, South Beach…

FOOD & WINE NEWS   

Fun in the Sun; Uncorked !!! The Key Largo & Islamorada food & Wine Fest – January 9 – 18…
Music Marathon: 16th Annual Coral Gables Bluesfest,  January 16-26 at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, Coral Gables…
Taste History Culinary Tours’ cultural food journey kicks off on Jan 18….
 Fairchild’s 8th Annual International Chocolate Festival: Jan 24 – Jan 26 …

EATING OUT   

Caviar 101 at Marky’s Caviar; Butcher Block Grill, Boca Raton; Lippi Restaurant, Brickell…

CELLAR

Terroir revisited:  Microbes may have a bigger role in how wines taste…
Beaujolais Nouveau 2013 has arrived!
Whole Foods Market’s Top Ten Holiday Wines under $25..
Venissa 2010, the Liquid Gold of Native Venice,  makes the Top 100 Italian wines…
Glenfiddich, the Age of Discovery Bourbon Cask Reserve
Rodney Strong, Brothers Ridge, Superb Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Sonoma…

TRAVEL  

Peru: A land of wonders: Parts I; II and III – a dinner to remember,
Chef Heston Blumenthal to launch restaurant at Terminal 2,  Heathrow Airport, London…
Grand Lucayan Resort, upping the paradise in Grand Bahamas

BEST BUYS   

Séka Hills Extra Virgin  Olive Oil  from CA; The Livre Blanc by 3-Michelin Stars Anne-Sophie Pic  The Vinturi Spirit Aerator: a must… Edge of Belgravia takes knives to the next level; The VitaClay Multicooker: a modern organic cooker… U.S.-Grown Texmati® and Jasmati® Rice, wholesome grains for great recipes;

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